One upon a time, there were a trio of guys from Michigan that decided to make a movie. For the then princely sum of $350,000, writer/director Sam Raimi, producer Rob Tapert and star Bruce Campbell created a seminal indie horror hit that’s still beloved and referenced by fans and audiences to this day. It inspired two sequels, a remake and a beloved interactive musical that’s been performed on stages the world over. Next: TV. The television continuation of The Evil Dead featuring original star Campbell has been in the works for a while, and now Starz is wetting your whistle for what’s to come when the adventures of Ash Vs Evil Dead. (more…)
The Evil Dead
Bruce Campbell will be gracing the small screen again and this time he is reprising his iconic role of Ash from The Evil Dead franchise. A role that is, quite frankly, been made for him, and has to be one of the most quoted fictional characters to this day. So, there’s no surprise that Campbell is saying that the TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead, is the “real deal“. Campbell has been building up the new show, telling fans that “this is what they have been waiting for.” (more…)
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ABOVE: You Shall Not Pass Roadblock. A little road construction humor like this, and maybe there would be less pissed off motorists. [NerdApproved]
It’s a new year, and along with the resolutions you’ve probably already broken, there’s a fresh slate of films to look forward to, and Nerd Bastards has chosen 25 to keep your eye on. Some titles you’ll know, others you might not, but one thing’s for sure, by the end of the year you’ll think some of them rocked and the rest of them sucked. As to which films will go which way, I’ll let that be a pleasant surprise.
Here are the 25 Nerdy Movies to Watch For in 2013: (more…)
So the trailer for the Evil Dead remake gave us some hope that the movie won’t be a total lost, but is this new poster for the film from Sony maybe raising the hype to near impossible levels? (more…)
The femmes of Evil Dead are once again making headlines as one lady steps out of the lead role, and another comes to fill her shoes while ladies just add to the list. The premise of Evil Dead, being a remake and all, is as follows:
“Levy leads the cast as Mia, a troubled young woman struggling to come to terms with the recent death of her mother. She retreats into a remote cabin to detox from her drug addiction, along with a circle of friends that includes her BFF (Lucas), her estranged brother David (Fernandez), his fiancee (Blackmore), and the gang’s academic pal Eric (Pucci). While in isolation, however, the group discovers the Book of the Dead and unwittingly unleashes malicious supernatural forces.”
These dang meddling teenagers just get themselves into more shenanigans, but before their said ‘shenanigans’ can ensue these casting problems needed to clear up.
After an early snafu that saw Lily Collins landing the lead and then flying the deadite coup three weeks later due to scheduling hiccups, casting on Fede Alvarez‘s The Evil Dead is now coming along nicely. Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Lou Taylor Pucci (Beginners) boarded the project last month, as Jane Levy (Suburgatory) stepped up to replace Collins.
Now the newest addition to the roster is Elizabeth Blackmore (Legend of the Seeker), while Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place) has entered talks. The actresses will play two more pals who get wrapped up in the horrors released by the Necromonicon.
No amount of pretty girlie girls are going to persuade me into thinking a remake of The Evil Dead is a good idea.
The new Evil Dead is tentatively set for April 12, 2013 realease
Remember when the nerdosphere was all a fluster over Lily Collins being cast as as Mia, the drug addict analogue to Ash in the Sam Raimi-produced, Diablo Cody-spruced-up The Evil Dead remake? Well, cool it since word is she’s out now. Variety’s Jeff Sneider Tweeted this today:
Well that’s…. unfortunate. No real word at this time what the scheduling conflict could have been, but that is also often code for ‘quit politely with a half-assed excuse’. Regardless of the cause, they have to replace her and quit. With filming scheduled to begin in New Zealand ‘soon’ and a release date set for April 12th, 2013, the clock is ticking on the Fede Alvarez-directed film.
My guess is she couldn’t lift the chainsaw.
We’ve heard that the Evil Dead remake is actually a thing, and that Fede Alvarez is directing and Diablo Cody is revising the screenplay. We’ve also heard from Bruce Campbell that this remake is much more sophisticated than the original and it’s not like they’re “farting out a sequel”.
We now have a brief synopsis of the upcoming remake and this is what’ll be paraded around at the American Film Market.
Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Sounds pretty close to the original, huh? What we don’t have, which would be important in determining the direction this film will take, is any information on casting decisions and what characters will be included in the remake. Though I suppose that if you really, really stretched the meaning, you could argue that “remake” means “the exact same thing”.
This is all stuff we know for sure. But, of course, rumors are afloat and people are speculating about possible ways in which the remake will diverge from the path of the original film.
From Bloody Disgusting:
The “new spin” is the motivation behind the trip, with the lead character taking his younger sister to the family’s cabin to help her kick her drug addiction. Without her drugs she becomes insane and difficult to control, which makes it impossible to see that she’s actually possessed.
The worst part, though, is that one of the friends unleashes the demons by deciphering the Book of the Dead and reading the passages aloud. (Yeah, because just some kid would know how to read ancient text. Sigh.) The only way I can get behind this is if the film references the original (meaning this is a new group of kids in the exact same cabin) and Bruce Campbell cameo’s as “Ash” (who has now aged quite considerably).
I guess they’re trying to give things a more contemporary spin, ’cause who the fuck doesn’t have drug problems these days?
… Oh, riiiiiight. Well, then, who the fuck can’t read ancient texts these days, huh?
How do y’all feel about a remake of the cult classic film The Evil Dead? Typically, with remakes we like to wash our whiz and semen throw -ala ‘Silence of the Lambs’- at anyone foolish enough to attempt rehashing pop culture gold. Re-imaginings are insults through and through. However, this is Evil Dead were talking about. It’s campy, comedy-horror fair. Plus Evil Dead 2 was basically a remake of the first one. Essentially, I’m implying Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell launchpad film can be a welcomed exception. Especially if they’re the ones involved in the remake. Which they are. Going back to the well seems sillly and un-warranted. They should make a 3rd film instead. But, like I said, they already remade the movie once. They did it better the second time around. 3 times a charm, right?
The following quotes come from a Q & A session that Campbell was a part of on reddit.
We are remaking Evil Dead. The script is awesome. I will be one of the producers and possibly play the milk man.
Milk Man? Ya, I dunno what that means, but I can almost certainly say he wont be returning as Ashley J. Williams. He’s old and fat now. Campbell continued saying,
In all honesty, we would all love to make another ‘Evil Dead’ movie. When that will happen? Who can say – we’re all working on other jobs right now. We’re not trying to dodge anybody’s questions, there just isn’t that much to talk about. The remake’s gonna kick ass—you have my word.
So, the script is “awesome” and the movie will be “kickass”. Those are promising words of encouragment, right? Of course this is coming from the a guy who thought The Man With The Screaming Brain was a good idea.
If anything, I think their sole purpose in pursuing this idea is to shut fans up. I know Bruce Campbell for one is sick of being constantly asked about a sequel/remake (he’s kind of a dick about it). Perhaps a less than stellar reattempt will leave fans angry enough to say “ok we’re done talking about this now”.
Regardless if a remake of Evil Dead is warranted or not, or whatever the creators intentions are, do you have any faith that Campbell and Raimi still got it? Can it be good?
I love this commercial.
It is simplistic in its parody, pulls no punches, and treats it as seriously as all those other commercials you see on television early Sunday morning for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Instead, there is one little caveat.
Instead of the commercial selling you on The Book of Mormon, it’s the Necromonicon. Yes, THAT book that caused all the trouble for Ash in The Evil Dead movies really does exist!
I cannot put it better than the explanation provided by the creators of the video:
Do you want to be a nicer person? Are you looking for inspiration to do good things? Well keep looking. But if you’re into opening up terrifying vistas of reality then the Esoteric Order of the Old Ones and Cthulhu Cultists want to help.
Check out the video after the jump.